14 Foolproof Ways to Lower Your Living Expenses
Want that great deal for upgraded Internet and all the move channels? What's another $23 a month? Problem is, before you know it you're sinking in bills and your monthly payments have become a burden. Here are 14 ways to lower your monthly nut and get back to stress-free living.
New Disclosure Rules Impact Condominiums
Residential real estate has changed as of this month. There are new contract forms for Maryland and the District, and the new mortgage disclosure rules issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are now in effect. And there even is new terminology. A lender is now a creditor and the borrower/buyer is a consumer. The initial Truth in Lending statement and Good Faith Estimate we have used for a number of years has been replaced with the Loan Estimate. And the old-faithful HUD-1 (the settlement statement) has been discarded in favor of a "Closing Disclosure".
Mystery solved? Kim Kardashian reveals how her crazy sink worksA week after a fleeting view of Kim Kardashian's minimalist, basinless bathroom sink lit up the internet, the reality star revealed the mystery behind its mechanics....Read More
Civil rights suit may force Zillow to make websites ADA accessibleTwo consumers have filed a civil rights lawsuit against Zillow Group seeking to compel the company to make its websites accessible to people with visual disabilities....Read More
Zillow Offers opens Southwest hub, plans to add 160 new jobsZillow’s cut the ribbon Wednesday on a new Southwest hub that will serve as the operations center for its year-old Zillow Offers platform....Read More
Coldwell Banker Bain ‘unleashes’ brand and tech refreshColdwell Banker Bain announced on Wednesday a full organizational change to support its agents with new technology, marketing and branding....Read More
Why are real estate agents still holding open houses alone?The question has prompted a debate — including in a recent Facebook post with hundreds of comments — over how to safely welcome strangers into a property....Read More
Feds release long-awaited opportunity zone regulationsThe federal government released regulations Wednesday meant to stimulate investment in businesses and real estate projects in financially distressed areas....Read More
50 blog post ideas that’ll attract homesellersThe best way to attract seller leads is to create quality information that will help them and position you as the local expert. Here are 50 blog post ideas aimed at attracting sellers. You only need to write them once, but you can repurpose them throughout your career....Read More
Forget Zestimates: Use DashCMA on your listing presentationsDashCMA quickly performs robust comparative market analyses for real estate agents. The CMA visualizes data to better communicate home values to clients and uses metrics that many others don’t. ...Read More
Avoiding trouble: 8 digital marketing rules for agentsThere is increasing buzz around lawsuits against social media platforms, real estate agents and brokers over "scammy" and "spammy" lead generation activities. Some of these problems come from real estate professionals who don't fully understand digital marketing practices and technology. Here are eight easy rules for agents who want to stay out of the fray....Read More
3 ways to actively ensure the longevity of your careerWhile attending the real estate licensing program, I learned an insane statistic: About 90 percent of real estate agents leave after five years. How do you prevent falling prey to the five-year itch? Actively continue your education through these three avenues. ...Read More